Hertha Berlin are rebuilding under Pal Dardai with their defence looking particularly shaky. Bayern Munich should have far too much firepower with Robert Lewandowski like to keep scoring.
Hertha Berlin are equal on 17 points with Arminia Bielefeld in the relegation play-off position. They failed to score in three straight games including a 3-0 home defeat to Hoffenheim after Krzysztof Piatek saw an early penalty saved. Hertha then lost 4-1 at home against Werder Bremen. Matheus Cunha missed a chance to equalise from the penalty spot with Jhon Córdoba getting them back into the game. The club had seen enough and sacked Bruno Labbadia, bringing back Pal Dardai. Dardai’s first match in charge was a 3-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt after Piatek put them in front. Hertha can have few complaints after having 0.38-1.78 expected goals. Winger Javairo Dilrosun is out with a knee injury. Centre back Dedryck Boyata has a foot injury and left back Marvin Plattenhardt is suffering with adductor pain.
Bayern Munich are 7 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and likely to win a 9th consecutive title. They recently lost 3-2 at Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga after going 2-0 up. The Bavarians suffered a huge shock at Holstein Kiel in the DFB-Pokal. Serge Gnabry opened the scoring and Leroy Sane made it 2-1, but they conceded deep into added time and Marc Roca missed in the penalty shootout. Hansi Flick’s side returned to the Bundesliga with a 2-1 home win against Freiburg, 1-0 win at Augsburg and 4-0 win at Schalke. Bayern Munich’s last match was a 4-1 home win against Hoffenheim with Jérôme Boateng, Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry on target. Bayern Munich are close to full strength. Young centre back Tanguy Nianzou and midfielder Corentin Tolissoare injured. Robert Lewandowski has been in sensational form this season with 24 goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances this season.
Bayern Munich have a 45-13 advantage against Hertha Berlin with 20 draws in 78 matches. Bayern won 4-0 in this fixture last season before a 4-3 win at home in October, Robert Lewandowski scoring all 4 goals. Hertha Berlin are rebuilding under Pal Dardai and likely to need much more time before challenging the likes of Bayern Munich. They can score here but are unlikely to stop Bayern’s rampant attack including Robert Lewandowski.
PREDICTION : BAYERN MUNICH 3-1 WIN
ACCUMULATOR TIP : OVER 2.5 FT GOALS